It’s now clearer than ever that Alex Jones was the canary in the coal mine. Sober, rational conservatives were loathe to go to bat for Jones, whose InfoWars is not afraid to traffic in some pretty out-there conspiracy theories alongside their more mainstream cultural news. Jones is no coward when it comes to controversy, and to call him polarizing would be to understate the situation considerably. It was all too easy for many conservatives to say, “Well, yeah, but to hell with that guy anyway” when Jones was banned from Twitter and other social media outlets.
But now the umbrella has grown significantly, and we can no longer pretend that Twitter is anything other than a left-wing blogosphere masquerading as a public arena of free speech. This site may be the communications home of President Donald Trump, but that only serves to disguise the truth. The truth can be found in the banning of Jones. The truth can be found in Twitter’s new rules, which vow to punish the “misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.” The truth can be found in the site’s eagerness to look the other way when Louis Farrakhan compares Jews to termites. The truth can be found in James Woods, Laura Loomer, Jesse Kelly, and a host of other right-wing figures who have been suspended or outright banned from the site.
The truth can be found in liberal, radical feminist Meghan Murphy, who found herself barred from Twitter last week. Not even her ideological leftism was enough for the site’s social justice mob. She was banned for writing tweets that said simply: “Men are not women,” and questioning how a “transwoman is not a man?” These are not statements to be made or questions to be asked in the New Age of LGBT Insanity. Not in an era where we shut down exhibitions of “The Vagina Monologues” because, you know, some women have penises. No, we’re all to sit down and shut up and just ACCEPT it. Because, after all, when you debate this crap for two seconds, the silliness of it becomes obvious rather quickly. We can’t have that.
“Here’s the bottom line: Twitter is no longer a place for open discussion, if ever it was,” wrote Ben Shapiro on Tuesday. “It’s instead a place for ‘acceptable’ opinion — acceptable being defined as stuff Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, finds worthy of conversation. That means that Twitter, like Daily Wire, is essentially a curated opinion site. And that, in turn, means that Twitter should be treated for legal purposes as an editorial outlet.”
Maybe that’s what it always was. At least now we know.